Journal of Biodiversity Management & Forestry2327-4417

Anthony C. Yannarell

Anthony C. Yannarell, PhD
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

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Dr. Anthony C. Yannarell is currently an Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, received his Ph.D. in 2004 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied the environmental controls of planktonic bacterial communities in freshwater lakes. Dr. Yannarell then went to the University of North Carolina to conduct postdoctoral research with Dr. Hans Paerl. At North Carolina, Dr. Yannarell studied microbial communities that bring new carbon and new nitrogen into a shallow Bahamian lagoon where summertime salinity can be ten times that of seawater. A central part of this research involved relating the changes in microbial community structure to the environment and to the movement of matter and energy through the ecosystem, and this continues to be a central theme in Dr. Yannarell’s research. In 2007, Dr. Yannarell came to the University of Illinois to study soil microbial communities with Dr. Roderick Mackie. He studied soil microorganisms associated with animal agriculture as a USDA-NRI postdoctoral research, and he also studied soil microbes associated with bioenergy crops as a postdoctoral researcher with the Energy Biosciences Institute. At NRES, Dr. Yannarell will continue to study soil microbial ecology in both managed and unmanaged systems. Of particular interest are microbial communities that interact with plants and influence the competitive fitness of weeds, invasive species, native plants, and crops. His teaching responsibilities include core courses in ecosystem management and quantitative methods.

Research Interest

Dr. Anthony C. Yannarell's research interests include:

  • Microbial Communities and Functions
  • Soil Science & Conservation
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Agroecology


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